We’ve once again overhauled our picks for the best Android apps, whittling our robust selection down to a paltry 100. Some are new, and others have been standbys on this list for years. Regardless, we’re certain that any and all of these apps will make your life easier, and help you get the most out of your Android device. The apps are listed by categories such as Music, Travel, and so on.
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Most people use their device’s default email app, but for those that don’t or are thinking of switching, Spark Email should definitely be in the running. The app offers features like Smart Inbox, the ability to snooze emails, and more, making it a great email app for those who treat their inbox like a to-do list.
If you’re an Instagram user, Scribbl is for you. The app is aimed at those who want to make their Instagram Stories a little more interesting, and allows you to draw interesting animations. It’s sure to make your Stories stand out from the rest.
Looking to take control of your sleep schedule? That’s where Rise comes in. The app is aimed at helping you sleep better through a series of relaxation techniques, including mindfulness meditation, guided imagery, muscle relaxation, and commitment therapy. It also offers a diary to record your sleeping progress.
It can sometimes be a little tricky to manage your downloads on Android, and for those that want a bit more control over Android downloads, Download Navi is the way to go. The app essentially lists all your downloads and allows you to navigate by file type, including images, videos, and so on.
The notch on your phone might be a bit of an eye-sore, but Battery Notch at least puts it to good use. The app essentially creates a border around your notch, which indicates your phone’s battery life. The app works across a range of notch shapes and styles too, so it should work on most phones.
Movies and videos
Netflix is easily one of the best video-streaming services. There’s a huge selection of movies and TV shows for subscribers and the performance is silky smooth. This is as entertained as you can get starting at $9 a month.
Hulu offers thousands of movies and TV shows — many which are updated with the latest episodes after they air. Hulu offers various subscription models, including one that opens up the entire streaming library for $6 a month, and another that removes midstream ads for $12 a month.
YouTube’s mobile app is sleek and intuitive, bringing the entirety of the video-sharing site to the palm of your hand. For those subscribed to YouTube Red, you’ll have access to all the premium content, as well as special features like audio playback while the screen is off.
Both HBO Now (HBO’s stand-alone service for $15/month) and HBO Go (a streaming app available to HBO cable subscribers) have apps that allow you to watch all of HBO’s streaming content directly on your phone.
Music and audio
Spotify is the best full-featured streaming service. With this app, you can stream any music from any type of device, make your own playlists, follow artists, and sync tracks for offline listening.
If you’re looking for an all-you-can-eat buffet of sound with no ads and no subscription fees, you’ve found it. You can discover new music and stream it from the cloud, but this is no Spotify replacement — most of the music on Soundcloud is from relatively unknown artists.
Bandcamp’s mobile app allows you to stream music from your collection, as well as the music offered by the thousands of artists who sell and stream their music on Bandcamp. It’s one of the easiest and fastest ways to buy music directly from the artists and labels you follow.
Google’s official streaming service is a worthy competitor to Spotify. Not only does the app provide a vast library of content, but it also allows users to upload up to 50,000 songs for online storage. This means you can download and stream your music on any Android device, at any time.
If you use a Mac or iPad on top of your Android phone, you may be better served with Apple Music over Google Play Music or Spotify. Apple Music offers access to Apple’s massive library of music, as well as Apple’s Beats 1 radio station, which plays both current hits and up-and-coming music. The celebrity DJs and exclusive album streams are just a plus.